KEN CARSON’S BIRTHDAY

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Ken Carson, also known as the KEN DOLL, was introduced by Mattel on this day in 1961.  He was the fictional boyfriend of the BARBIE DOLL, introduced 2 years earlier.  Barbie’s boyfriend had a snazzy line of clothing and accessories.  Barbie & Ken met on the set of a TV commercial in 1961.

Ken’s father was a doctor, and poor Ken has held at least forty occupations.  He just never found himself, I guess.  Somehow he’s able to afford the best stuff – the best clothes and cars.  Hmm…  obviously it’s a fantasy!

So, Ken Carson is 55 years old today.  He still has his boyish looks and irresistible charm, so life has been good to him.  Maybe he has learned the lesson we all have to learn eventually – stuff is just stuff and you can’t take it with you.  He’s decided to take care of his health and say his prayers because he knows that it’s best to trust God with his life.

If Ken is 55, that means that Barbie is now 57.  Hmm…  I imagine some things have dropped – I’m guessing down around her knees.  LOL…  well, that’s life.

It was never clear what their relationship was.  I think many details were left to the child playing with the dolls – to their imagination.  Many of us had Barbie and Ken weddings.  My Barb and Ken got married a few times, with cousin Skipper standing up as their witness.

At one point, my Ken doll had more clothes in his closet than Barbie.  Fortunately I quickly took care of that problem and bought a ton of clothes and accessories for Barbie from my girlfriend’s mom, who made doll clothes.

Ken & Barbie are an important part of many real life plans we make as little girls.  Through them, we think about our futures and what we want to do with our lives.  Happy Birthday, Ken – you good-lookin’ 55 year old!  😉

 

 

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WORLD UKELELE DAY

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2-2 THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A UKEToday is WORLD UKULELE DAY!!!  Like many of my generation, I think of the great Tiny Tim when I think of a ukulele.  It’s so wrong when a man can sing two octaves above where I can…  anyway…

You can change the world by playing your ukulele and teaching others to play.  How about learning “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”???  Grab your uke and let’s learn!

When I was very young in the mid 1960’s, an older lady in our church played the ukulele and shared special music once in a while.  Have you ever heard a gospel song played on a ukulele?  It leaves a lasting impression, that’s for sure.  Actually, when she played “In the Garden” or “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” it really was quite beautiful.  Sometimes the simple and familiar hymns are what God’s Holy Spirit can speak through best.  I remember saying the words in my mind as she played the tune.

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.  – Leopold Stokowski

The little mini-guitar became a symbol for the folks in Hawaii.  It was introduced there in 1879 by a group of Portuguese immigrants from Madeira.  The original name in Portuguese is the “braguinha”.  Aren’t you glad we don’t have to call it that?  The Hawaiians renamed it the ukulele, referring to the “jumping flea” as suggested by the jumping motion of the hands playing the instrument.  It was not introduced in the mainland until 1915, first being featured at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.  Later the ukulele became popular in the U.K, Japan and from there around the world.

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.  – Berthold Auerbach

What do you get when you combine the most unassuming instrument known to man with the most powerful theme song ever???  Well, you get something like this – and it is really pretty good!  Kudos to the Brits!  The theme from “Shaft” performed by the United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra.

If you own a ukulele, today is the day to play it and share your knowledge with others.  Change the world 4 strings at a time.

If you’d like more information about the ukulele, check out Ukulele Movement’s website.  http://ukulelemovement.com/

 The ukulele is a little bundle of joy that will guarantee happiness!  – Ukulele Movement

I’m a pianist, but have a great deal of respect for those who use their fingers to press on strings.  I tried to play the guitar, but I soon discovered my short fingers did not want to make all the chords and as my fingertips became more calloused, I completely lost interest.  Nobody warned me it would be that painful.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW
If I could dismantle any misconception, it would be the one that says folks who do not have children do not LIKE children. I have heard that time and again. It is not the truth! Please don’t buy into that lie. Sometimes it’s just not God’s will that children be in some of our lives. But I love children – they crack me up!

I was standing at my kitchen window and saw the cutest thing – our neighbors had one of their grandsons over. It was such a warm day – a perfect day to have the little plastic wading pool in the front yard. When I was a kid I had one of those too. Of course as I watched him splashing around, I thought about how much fun I had when I was his age in my little plastic pool.

Choosing moments of bliss is something I’ve tried to do more often. That was definitely a great moment. I enjoy watching kids playing because it makes me feel younger.

In childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking out. In memories of childhood, we press our nose to the pane, looking in. – Robert Brault

As I watched him splashing around, I couldn’t help but smile.

You know, back in the early 1980’s I had a hamster named Heather. Heather didn’t like to be cooped up in her cage, so I put her in a plastic ball so she could follow me around the house during the day. These big inflatable ball things for the kids made me think of Heather’s little plastic ball! No, I never put her in a pool – her little ball had air holes – that would have been bad… very bad.

Children just have a way about them that make adults smile. They don’t pay much attention to the impression they make and I wish I felt that comfortable. I wish I could just run through the sprinkler. I have a feeling someone would think I had lost my mind if I did that. I wish I didn’t care. Kids don’t care what you think of them – they’re kids. I miss that.

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. – Robert Fulghum

Watch some children play today… and smile. 😀

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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LELA'S LILAC BUSH

Today I took a little trip back in time. I can do that because I am now officially old as dirt. If you’re young, just wait – your turn is coming! If you’re old like me, then you totally understand where I’m coming from.

The senses play tricks on us as we mature. About a week ago, I was scrolling through my news feed on facebook and saw the most beautiful photo of a lilac. My friend, Terri Boggs Rowe took the photo and I just had to ask permission to use it with a poem. She was kind to let me use the picture. It is the season for lilac bushes to look beautiful and smell awesome!

Lela and Wayne lived across the street from us. Wayne was a veteran of WWII and made his living working at a jewelry store. Lela was a very smart cookie; a no-nonsense person who did not take guff from anyone. She was friendly, but I don’t remember hearing her laugh. She was an accountant. They raised two kids – a boy and a girl. Their kids were ten years older than me, so by the time I came along, they were practically married and out of the house. Their son worked as a D.J. at our local skating rink and drove a 1956 Mustang in a sort of teal blue color. He eventually owned that skating rink and made a bundle!

Lela’s granddaughter was a year younger than me. I liked it when Mikki’s family came to visit because Mikki and I got to play. I was totally fine being an only child – I had (and have) an active and vivid imagination, but let’s face it, once in a while you just need a friend to play with.

I remember playing in Lela and Wayne’s front yard. The back yard was much larger, but for some reason we always stayed in the front. That beautifully shaped, light purple lilac bush had a marvelous scent that literally covered the entire front yard. Maybe that’s why we were so attracted… the perfume from the lilac bush.

Lela and Wayne are in the same cemetery my folks are in. I stop by there when I go to put flowers on mom and dad’s graves. I’ll never forget them; they were part of my childhood. ❤

Thanks Living Day 35

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Today I am thankful for God’s Holy Spirit.  He helps me choose wise words and checks me when I make questionable choices along life’s way.

What happens when flour gets sifted?  Why do we do that?  It makes it lighter and fluffy.  When our thoughts and motives are sifted through the Holy Spirit sifter, it’s the same outcome.  We become lighter and less burdened!

God’s Holy Spirit is essential for sifting in my life – it’s what makes what I do and say much better than it would be otherwise!

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Today the old hymn BE THOU MY VISION is running through my mind.  If you have a hymnal handy or want to look it up online, take a moment to read the words slowly and deliberately.  Take some time today to thank God for His wonderful helper, comforter, guide – His Holy Spirit!  ❤

HUG YOUR CAT DAY

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You may not have a grumpy cat (making 5 figures, thank you very blooming much), but if you are fortunate enough to have a cat, you know the joy of watching that playful little ball of fur in action. Whether there is an empty box lying around or some other object that catches their attention, a cat is the most entertaining of all pets. Today is HUG YOUR CAT DAY!!!

Some people say they are either dog people or cat people, but I like both equally. I just have a deep love for animals of all kinds. I still cry every time I watch the movie “Born Free” and the sequel, “Living Free”. I love animals and I do not apologize for it. I grew up surrounded with cats and dogs which gave me an appreciation for their similarities and their differences. When was the last time you heard a dog purr??? See what I mean – differences.

I’ve heard some folks say that cats are more independent than dogs and that’s why they prefer dogs. Well, every cat I’ve owned has been a lap cat. Every time I sit down – here comes the cat and lands in my lap! So I’m not sure where that observation comes from, but that has not been my personal experience.

If you’re not allergic to pets they can certainly offer great benefit psychologically and even physically. Loving a pet lowers your blood pressure instantly. You have better self-esteem when you have a pet because you know that even if all the people in your life walk out on you, your pet will not. They offer unconditional love that people do not. It would be nice if people would be as loving as pets, but the sad fact is – they are not.

It’s a real shame that our pets do not live as long as people do. Going through the final stages of a pet’s life is probably the single most difficult thing pet parents have to do. All we can do is give them the best life we can and hope for the best.

LUCKY PENNY DAY

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When people refer to ‘Back in the Day,’ it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you.   – Dane Cook

Today is LUCKY PENNY DAY!!! I remember being taught about lucky pennies when I was a little girl. There was a little rhyme that we used to say. Maybe you remember hearing this in the movie “Grease”:

Find a penny, pick it up – all day long you’ll have good luck!

Simple pleasures like finding a penny on the sidewalk are slowly fading away. As I get older, it gets easier for me to write about the past because there is increasingly more of it to write about!  While life goes on today, as it must, my mind can’t help but go back in time when life was not so difficult.

Kids today will never know the simplicity I knew as a child – and while that is alright, part of me thinks that perhaps they are missing out on an opportunity to use imagination and creativity.  Today we buy kids games and there is nothing left to the imagination and all the kids need to really know how to do is press buttons to make things happen.

When I was growing up we had to be self-starters and create our own play environment.  I once built a pretend house in my back yard using hammer and nails, with leftover scrap lumber from my daddy’s construction job.  It was horrible, of course, and did not stand for a very long time – but it was my concept and the idea was completely my own.

The ability to let your mind wander about and create something from nothing is a great talent.  Back in the day kids did not have much choice.  Of course, in the early 1970’s, something called “Atari” flooded the market and my generation got hooked on Pong.

So goes the beginning of the end of personal creativity as we knew it.  I’m sad and I grieve the loss.

The activities that children take part in now will be the attributes they carry with them into adulthood. There is definitely something wonderful about raising a child with creativity and imagination. Einstein said that imagination will take you further than knowledge. I want to challenge parents to think about that. The next time you think you need to buy your child the next big toy or gadget, stop and think about how that will either encourage or discourage your child’s imagination.

My folks used to take me to the local TG&Y store and let me look around for the whole day!  I got to choose one new toy and it was the most important decision of my life, or so I thought at the time.  It was never two toys – just one.  Narrowing that down to one – wow, it was tough.

I had a Slinky!  It met with an untimely demise one day when it got a little twisted up.  It’s a painful memory and I’d rather not talk about it.  LOL!!!  My Chatty Cathy doll was the blonde one. She talked just fine until one day the string came out and refused to go back in.  When I was a kid there were games that sparked the imagination like Operation and Chinese Checkers. I had an Easy Bake Oven and cooked Incredible Edibles. There were toys that kept us active like the hula hoop and the tire swing hanging from the tree in the back yard. An old-fashioned bicycle is still the best toy for my money.  Helmet?  We don’t need no stinking helmet!  LOL!!!   🙂